Video: Condor's updated and lighter Super Acciaio
Condor launched an updated Super Acciaio with a new Columbus Spirit tubeset at the Cycle Show the other week

There is still life in steel, as this brand new Super Acciaio from London's Condor Cycles demonstrates. Introduced two years ago, the race-ready steel frame has undergone a significant change for 2014, switching to a Columbus Spirit tubeset, dropping the weight for a 55cm frame by 200g. A new Columbus carbon fork has shed a further 75g.

They've tweaked the profile of the main tubes to keep the high stiffness level of the previous frame, with a flat-sided top tube and a bi-ovalised down tube to create a larger interface with the tapered head tube. A new Grammy Slim fork from Columbus saves a further chunk of weight - it's a full monocoque carbon fork with tapered steerer tube and carbon dropouts.


The bottom bracket is still an oversized BB30 design, but it’s now machined from a single chunk of steel. The previous frame has a separate sleeve welded inside. The chainstays are noticeably curved, dropping down quite a bit in the centre.


David has worked on the road.cc tech team since July 2012. Previously he was editor of Bikemagic.com and before that staff writer at RCUK. He's a seasoned cyclist of all disciplines, from road to mountain biking, touring to cyclo-cross, he only wishes he had time to ride them all. He's mildly competitive, though he'll never admit it, and is a frequent road racer but is too lazy to do really well. He currently resides in the Cotswolds.


Condor Andy [139 posts] 2 years ago

I have the Fratello, but I would love to add this to my still small collection. Looks top!  41

Pauldmorgan [215 posts] 2 years ago

Genesis, Starley or Condor - too difficult to decide!

Coodsta [112 posts] 2 years ago

I really wanted one of these, but ended up with a Kinesis Granfondo Ti off ebay as I wanted a year round bike. This is still on the top of my lottery win list! The pictures don't do it credit, it's a beautiful work of art.